Yesterday I presented a set of cranes standing at the shoreline opposite the City of Alameda taken from a promenade that is part of a waterfront park. I visited another portion of the park and took this photo, now facing north rather than south toward a section of the Oakland waterfront closer to the Bay bridge leading to San Francisco. Again there is a long line of cranes such as these three, which seem to stand at attention much as one would expect a Roman centurion guard to do. Behind these cranes, but not visible because of the building in the mid-ground, are acres of containers awaiting transport.
In this image you will note tall posts that mark the boundary of the park, one of which is occupied by a single seagull who appears to be watching the slowly descending sun in the west. He has a perfect perch for surveying this domain.
This is another image in which I selected the sky and placed it on a second layer before applying the filter Dust and Scratches to remove noise, merging layers only after applying USM to the remainder of the image. I thank Paul Mastrogiacomo for suggesting another method, using the Median filter within Noise to accomplish the same thing. I'll try that soon, though I'm quite happy with this outcome. Enjoy!
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RGatward (20086) 2004-07-08 3:29
Very good compo of this industrial scene, both giving a good impression. and a nice graphic image.
Galeota (10338) 2004-07-08 3:40
Hi Curtis. Finally found an internet café in the place where I am for some days. I'm founding your last photographs on industrial scenes, and think you've made a great work on these ones. Your post processing technique is getting better and better and very elaborate. Congratulations for the very good work.
Hanssie (10784) 2004-07-08 4:47
It is not my style to photograph industrial
objects, just as you and for example "Bertolucci" but it's nice to look at (maybe I will try something, challenge...)
It's funny to see, that the crane in the right is standing higher than the other one's, while it is NOT standing on the foreground-hill, nice colours and sharpness, Curtis !
Burnham (2428) 2004-07-08 10:59
More cranes, and a trplets this time. You also managed to get an animal in it's natural habitat, but you're all passed that now. It's nice to see you caugth this industrial scene, while still safe on a patch of grass and included that in the shot. Very nice sharpness.
kikvel (4784) 2004-07-08 20:02
Hi Curtis, nice posting. I like the compsition of the pic, and the green component on the right.
pamastro (7290) 2004-07-09 1:59
This filter certainly turns out nicely, also. I really like this composition. Like you say they are standing at attention with the century leader standing at the side. But then the smooth colors are great. That solid sky and the slope of this green mound really frame the mechanical behemoths in a mechanical and graphical way. Those poles add nice balance, I think, with the seagull being a great additional touch. He seems to be admiring the scenery as well. And that you have just a thin sliver of land (even the slope of the mound can appear as thin to me) really gives a strong sense to the size and height of these cranes. Very nicely done.
- Copyright: Curtis Grindahl (cgrindahl) (6113)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-06-13
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700, Nikkor ED, 35-280 mm
- Exposure: f/6.8, 1/380 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): San Francisco Bay [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-07-08 3:12